Keeping the Faith
A migraine scuttled my plans to blog over the weekend, but death itself couldn't keep me from commenting on a proposed trade that would reportedly bring Todd Helton from the Colorado Rockies to Boston for Mike Lowell and Julian Tavarez.
In the interest of full disclosure, I acknowledge that I love Mike Lowell. Like many Red Sox fans, I initially saw him as the guy we had to take in order to get Josh Beckett from Florida, but before spring training 2006 was over, I realize he was a valuable asset in his own right. By the end of the season, he was clearly the anchor of a phenomenal defensive infield, one that alas has since been disassembled. I'm not ashamed to say that I have become somewhat emotionally attached to him.
Nonetheless, I am trying to look at this trade rumor dispassionately. In that spirit, I present for your perusal the following points, in no particular order:
On the other hand:
But on the other hand:
The Boston Herald's Michael Silverman quotes Sox pitcher Josh Beckett as calling his buddy Helton "a tough-ass out" who plays hard, is a good teammate, and wants very badly to play in Boston. But Beckett also asks, "[W]ho do you give up for him, what's the price? I don't envy the GMs at all on this one."
If I were the Red Sox GM, there would be no dilemma. On balance, this looks like a good deal for the Sox until you consider the big question mark about how Helton will be able to hit at sea level. It's a risk I would not take.
I was wondering if you would give our school a link from your website until March 17th.
We are having a raffle for a 2004 world series autographed bat that a local car dealership donated to us.
The website we have created is www.redsoxbat.com
Our school is www.villaaugustina.org
We are raising money for our school and a local group that helps children at risk.
Please let me know if you can help us out with a link or a mention on your website.
We are nonprofit and working really hard to get this off the ground.
Thank you so much!
Villa Augustina, mom and webmaster
Did you miss me?
But seriously, I am aware that I haven't posted here since Hector was a pup. I am aware that since I wrote about the Julio Lugo signing lo those 40 days ago, there has been plenty of Red Sox news, including but not limited to:
I will comment on these and other burning issues this weekend. Really. I promise.
i did not want tao see LORETTA OR TROYT GO I LOED THEM!
I missed you...you know, since you asked. :-)